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Other than my knees killing me, which is all the time, today wasn't too bad!

SSB squat
160x5
250x3
310x1
Bent row
150x2 sets of 5
200x3 sets of 5
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Hopefully the knees will get in line soon, I can only imagine the pain that is..

Looking good otherwise, hang in there!
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Other than my knees killing me, which is all the time, today wasn't too bad!

SSB squat
160x5
250x3
310x1
Bent row
150x2 sets of 5
200x3 sets of 5
Ab wheel
12 kneeling

Two knee surgeries on my left and arthritis on my right has me in a similar situation. I haven't read all your posts, but I can tell you.... it is night and day for me when I am.... and when I am not.... taking Glucosamine/Chondroitin and Collagen Peptides.

And of course, too much of the Fire Water destroys my joint strength and really increases the pain.

Although.... Giddy UP on your 3 reps of 250 and 1 rep of 310. That is strength! You have a solid and strong core to even handle the body mechanics of a 310 squat.

Since I broke my back on that motorcycle wreck.... not sure I will ever load that bar heavier than 225. I still have a little pain there, due to a crushed T5.



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Thanks, Big_John. It feels good to be squatting, but I'm less than half-way to my old PRs. But closing in on 61 now, I don't imagine I'll be seeing over six-hundred again!

I seem to be getting used to the board on the floor covered with a towel. Happened to be wearing a sleeveless T-shirt and could feel the hairs on the back of my arms just barely touching the concrete.

Close grip bench press (on the floor!)
150x10
240x7
250x6 sets of 3
280x3
DB curls
35sx3 sets of 10
45sx3 sets of 10

CGs are getting much easier with the extra long bar I'm using. Still have to bring it down super-slow, but I'm feeling more confident. Probably 4 seconds on the way down, a half second on the ascent.

Curls seem to be getting easier and basically pain-free. A little achiness, but not bad. Far less than it was on a constant basis.
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I've been taking a supplement for my knees for a few months now. I was given a dozen or so pills to try, took the recommended amount before bed with a very painful knee, woke up with a very improved feeling knee, like night and day. Been buying these pills ever since. My knees are not pain free like before I hurt the one, but so much better.

Jocko joint warfare is the name, $70 a bottle. Not cheap, but I tried a cheaper similar supplement and felt nothing. I'll keep buying these.
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Thank you, Belnik! I'm going to check it out with my doctor first, because I have a liver condition which makes turmeric toxic to me. I hope like heck she gives me the okay!

Lifted today because my wife was gone yesterday and didn't get home until late. The one thing I don't want to do is a heavy close grip floor press where there is no way to escape the bar if I missed a rep.

Close grip floor press
150x10
240x7
300x1
320x3 sets of 1
Military Press
150x3
175x3 sets of 3
DB curls
35sx2 sets of 10
45sx10
55sx2 sets of 5

Starting to get a feel where I am with the floor press. I bring each rep down very slowly, a slight pause on my chest, and my arm hairs barely brush the concrete before the ascent. The long bar is getting a little more comfortable. Using a close grip and balancing only 16" of it in the middle means I have to balance very closely, taking away a lot of my actual pressing strength.

Curls are feeling great, but I didn't push them today. Give it another week or two before I put any real effort into them.

Hope I feel like squatting tomorrow.
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Planned to do only my warmups on squats and call it good today after missing yesterday, but felt better the further I went!

SSB squat
160x5
250x3
320x1
Bent Rows
150x2 sets of 5
180x2 sets of 5
205x2 sets of 5
Ab wheel
12 kneeling

Squats have felt like the most natural movement since I began lifting. After knee surgery not so much. Each rep feels foreign. I never thought this could happen. All I can do is lower until the swelling in my left knee becomes tight before the ascent. My wife says I look parallel to her, but its significantly less than my previous depth.

Rows feel great, and I'm greatly heartened by how much easier the ab wheel is now that I can put more of my bodyweight on the pad I use beneath my knees.
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Squats have felt like the most natural movement since I began lifting.
It's funny, I felt the same about bench after my shoulder surgery. It always felt so natural, now, not so much, it's forced.

Hang in there, it will come back. In the mean time, enjoy how the other lifts are going up!
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I hope you're right, Jo. Squats were always the one thing I could rely on it being natural and easy.

Close grip floor press
150x10
240x9
250x6 sets of 3
Dumbbell curls
35sx3 sets of 10
45sx3 sets of 10
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Close grip floor press
150x10
240x5
300x1
325x1
Military press
150x43
180x2 sets of 3
DB curls
35sx10
45sx10
55sx2 sets of 5

Got my CG warmups in and made an executive decision. I'm going to start a cycle next week for close grips. I need a bit of structure now that I've figured out what and how I'm lifting at home. I'm looking forward to the next nine weeks!
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Man, no squatting on squat day. I guess I went too hard over the past three or four days by mowing a couple acres with a push mower instead of my rider. Figured it would be a good way to help get into better shape and perhaps rehab my bum knee. Today, it's complaining like heck. I'll give it a shot tomorrow come H E double L or highwater.

Besides, and lets keep this between just a few of us, I'm struggling with dishwater hands right now!

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Knee felt much better today. Got my lift in and felt really good, although still not yet a natural feeling. I tried something different this time - usually done only with super-heavy weights - I descended very, very slowly with each rep. Probably 4 or 5 seconds down. It helped substantially.

SSB squat
160x5
250x3
330x1
Bent rows
150x2 sets of 5
180x2 sets of 5
210x2 sets of 5
Ab wheel
15 kneeling

My free standing bench came in and I put it together between sets. I think I'm going to like it. It's rated to 600 pounds, so I'll only be going over that for short bursts, i.e., four or five weeks at a time. It's tested to 1200 pounds so I don't think having 650 to 700 pounds for a few weeks will hurt anything. (crossed fingers).
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Knee felt much better today. Got my lift in and felt really good, although still not yet a natural feeling. I tried something different this time - usually done only with super-heavy weights - I descended very, very slowly with each rep. Probably 4 or 5 seconds down. It helped substantially. ....

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Forgot to post yesterday's lift on an actual bench! It's nice to be off the floor. Also, the first day of a Russian bench cycle. I'm curious about how this protocol will work using the longer and thicker squat bar to bench with.

Close grip bench press
150x10
240x5
260x6 sets of 2
DB curls
35sx3 sets of 10
45sx3 sets of 10

Curls are getting easier with my right arm, but it is nowhere as strong as my left. No pain while curling now which is good!
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Close grip bench
150x10
240x7
260x6 sets of 3
DB curls
35sx2 sets of 10
45sx2 sets of 10
55sx4 sets of 5
Military Press
150x3
180x3

Today's lift went very well. Still a little shaky on CGs, but I don't think it'll get much better. Using such a long bar combined with a narrow (11 1/2") bench, along with a very high ceiling without a great focal point just makes for less than perfect pushing. All in all, it should help make me stronger.

Not going to push MPs hard. Just a little overhead work while I go through this nine week bench cycle. But I added more curl sets as my right arm slowly strengthens.
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Today's lift felt pretty good. Squats still not "quite right," but I'll keep plugging along. Kept it light today and plan to go light/heavy week to week. Not sure how it'll do, but we'll give it a try.

SSB Squat
160x2 sets of 5
250x2 sets of 5
Bent Row
150x2 sets of 5
180x2 sets of 5
215x2 sets of 5
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Almost forgot to lift today.

Close grip bench
150x10
240x7
260x6 sets of 2
DB curls
35sx3 sets of 10
45sx3 sets of 10
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Forgot!! Say it isn't so!

It looks like you did alright even then.
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Not a bad day in the ol' weight room.

Close grip bench
151x10
241x7
261x6 sets of 4
DB curls
35sx2 sets of 10
45sx2 sets of 10
55sx2 sets of 5
60sx2 sets of 5
Military press
151x3
181x3

Happy I was able to increase my curls to 60s now. The last couple reps were difficult, but I got them all. 60s are the highest I have here, so I'll increase sets and reps when I can.
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I don't know about you guys, but if I don't lift first thing in the morning, I just don't do well. Probably an energy thing right now, but I have to roll out of bed early, drink a protein smoothy and get to lifting. We've been really good with lifting every third day.
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